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Home Improvement  /  February 12, 2019

Top Tips for a Safer Fireplace

While the modern heating systems of today boast incredibly high efficiency levels, fireplaces are still one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your home warm and cozy during cold spells. However, it’s best to keep in mind a few points of caution when using fireplaces as they can be dangerous.

Let our specialists at Handyman Connection of Matthews walk you through proper fireplace safety with these practical tips.

Choose Firewood Carefully

White oak, hickory, white ash or sugar maple burn the longest, while lighter woods like white pine and spruce need to be replenished more frequently. Regardless, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends placing a higher priority on the dryness of the wood rather than the species. Properly dried wood must be split and stacked with the top covered adequately. Drying should typically last 8 to 12 months.

Additionally, you should never use scrap wood for your fireplace. Wood products are often treated with chemicals that could put your health at risk when burned.

Close Dampers, Open Glass Doors

Heated air tends to rise naturally. If you’re not using your fireplace, remember to keep the dampers shut to prevent warm air from escaping through your chimney. Finally, when you do have a fire going, keep the bifold doors opened up to maximize heating. A circulating ceiling fan can further circulate the warm air, allowing your fireplace to heat up a larger area. Don’t forget to keep doors and windows closed to minimize heat loss. Ask our Handyman Connection craftsmen about bifold glass doors for your fireplace.

Use a Chimney Cap

Chimney caps are great for keeping your chimney chutes protected against rain, snow, and other objects that might fall into your fireplace. This can help you avoid problems such as reduced downdrafts, making your heating that much more efficient.

At Handyman Connection of Matthews, we are your number one provider of fireplace and fireplace-safety equipment. Give us a call at (704) 255-5626 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today.

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